Upcoming Fall Term:
September 20 – November 14, 2018

All classes are delivered online, and cost $360 (special event prices are noted). CJF/CJT/CAS trainees receive the discounted price of $310. Classes eligible for CEUs offer 16 hours of continuing education for counselors upon verification of satisfactory course completion and submission of course evaluation. See below for CE details.

MORE ON CEUs: The Center for Journal Therapy is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. Programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified with an asterisk (*). These courses are taught by licensed or licensure-prepared mental health professionals. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Participants are responsible for checking with their state’s licensing board for their discipline to ensure that National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) continuing education is accepted.


(* = CEUs are available)
* TW512 – The Pennebaker Method/Intro to Research – Deborah Ross
* PA502 – Basic Facilitation Skills – Nancy Scherlong
TW496 – Writing Through Transitions for Personal Growth – Elaine Brooks
* PD514 – Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice – Linda Barnes
* TW537 – The Write Way to Wellness – Nancy Scherlong
TW551 – Fearless Creating – Cyncie Winter
* TW539-1 – Body Electric: Celebrating You
* TW495 – Writing Snapshots, Your Life in 500 Words or Less – Linda Joy Myers

Special Event:
Post Traumatic Growth through the Adams-Ross Method

TW512 – Pennebaker Method/ Intro to Research
Instructor:  Deborah Ross, CJT

Dr. James W. Pennebaker is the preeminent researcher in the field of therapeutic writing. This class incorporates guided writes based on the Pennebaker emotional release model and also offers an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research, including how to find and describe studies to include in your presentations.
CEUs Available 
Required Text: Writing to Heal, James W. Pennebaker, available in our BOOKSTORE.

PA502 – Basic Facilitation Skills
Instructor:  Nancy Scherlong, CJT
This course teaches basic facilitation skills, but it’s more than just skill-building. It also delves into the philosophy of facilitation, including the orientation of service, when and how a facilitator utilizes her/his own self in process work, the role of supervision and the use of the journal in self- or peer-supervision, and numerous tips of the trade. Guest appearances by Kay Adams, offering on-line facilitation skills. Limited to CJF trainees, unless prior permission of instructor is granted.  CEUs Available
Required Texts (2)Becoming Naturally Therapeutic by Jacquelyn Small and The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom, available at Amazon.com

TW496 – Writing Through Transitions for Personal Growth
Instructor: Elaine Brooks, CJF
Transitions shape our lives. By understanding the normal phases of transition and your own transition approach, you increase your power and creativity, even in difficult changes. This popular class explores many aspects of your own transitions, including pinging transitions, handling ups and downs, and preparing for transitions. You use proven writing strategies that make a real difference in how you navigate transitions successfully—a process you can use life-long.
CEUs are NOT available for this class.
Required Text: Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes, by Leia Francisco, available as workbook (recommended format) through www.leiafrancisco.com or as Kindle ebook. In ordering the workbook, allow one week for delivery, two or more weeks for international mailing

PD514 – Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice
Instructor: Linda Barnes, CJT

The inaugural book in Kay Adams’ ten-volume expressive writing series articulates nine approaches to therapeutic writing that each represents the foundations of standards-based practice in the field. This visionary yet entirely pragmatic work offers perspectives and voices of eight master teachers on using therapeutic writing for developing emotional intelligence, assimilating and integrating acquired wisdom, and actualizing potential–key components for healing, growth, and change.
CEUs Available.
Required Text: Expressive Writing, Foundations of Practice by Kathleen Adams, Editor. Rowman & Littlefield (order from the publisher using discount code RLEGEN16 for 20% off, 800-462-6420).

TW537 – The Write Way to Wellness
Instructor: Nancy Scherlong, CJT
Living a balanced and healthy life begins with self-awareness and empowerment. Write Way to Wellness, based on Kay Adams’ workbook, provides a unique and foundational approach that creates the opening to this inner wisdom. Through focused journaling techniques and shared discussions, this course weaves writing, drawing and guided imagery in a fluid and engaging presentation. Together, we will explore what it means to live fully in body, mind, emotion, and spirit.
CEUs Available
Required Text:  
Write Way to Wellness: A Workbook for Healing and Change with companion CD by Kathleen Adams, available in our BOOKSTORE.

TW551 – Fearless Creating
Instructor: Cyncie Winter, CJT
Eric Maisel’s excellent book, Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art, provides grounded tools for navigating the creative process and retaining personal sanity. Through the writing process, we will investigate Eric’s Six Stages of the Creative Process–Wishing, Choosing, Starting, Working, Completing, and Showing-and learn how to manage the natural anxieties that accompany those stages. How do we feed our creative desire? Create in the midst of our busy lives and establish an ongoing creative practice? Summon up our courage to create, despite our doubts and judgments? Join us, as we plumb the depths of Maisel’s expertise as an international creativity coach and prolific author, to encourage, enrich, and sustain creativity in our lives.
CEUs Available.
Required Text:
Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art by Eric Maisel, available at Amazon.com.

TW539.1 – Body Electric: Celebrating You
Instructor:  Jean Rowe, CJT
Discover techniques for recognizing messages we’ve internalized, making friends with our bodies as we are right now, rebuilding relationships with love, sex and intimacy as three separate but connected parts of ourselves, crafting plans of self-care and love. Join Jean Rowe as we explore with hope how to differently communicate with our bodies in a loving, present and accepting way.
CEUs Available.
Required Text: None

TW495 – Writing Snapshots, Your Life in 500 Words or Less
Instructor:  Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., CJT
It’s refreshing, invigorating and fun to dip into the short-form stories (250-500 words) that have made up our lives– to watch ourselves interact with family, friends and pets. It’s as if we’re in a movie set in the past, enjoying the moments that made us who we are. While we are having fun writing from prompts and our own significant turning points, we can also take a meta-view of how we can facilitate clients and writing group students in their own short-form writes. If you’ve struggled with whether, or how, to write a memoir, short-form writing could be an alternative—or a warm-up!
CEUs Available.
Required Text: None


Post Traumatic Growth through the Adams-Ross Method
Instructor: Anjana Deshpande
4-Week Class (Oct. 18 – Nov. 14)
Price – $190.00

This 4-week class focuses on the use of the Adams-Ross Model for recovery from trauma. Using the concepts of “Pacing, Structure and Containment” – created by Adams and “Intention – Attention – Action” created by Ross, we practice and demonstrate how to create safety and stability for the trauma survivor. Participants will learn about expanding the window of tolerance and access implicit memory through story telling. This course is not appropriate for those actively managing trauma symptoms.
CEUs Available
Required TextNone



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